It will be a battle of the European Union as six nations compete in the annual World Light Jockey Contest, scheduled for September 7 at the Hippodrome club in London. The competition, organized by Italian manufacturer Clay Paky and Pulsar Light of Cambridge, is an annual fixture among the events surrounding the PLASA show.
By giving contestants the chance to show off their skills in creating light shows to specific pieces of music, the Light Jockey Contest works to upgrade their professional status. This year's contestants hail from Italy, the UK, Germany, France, Denmark, and the Netherlands.
Top winners receive gold, silver, and bronze medals; however, the prestige of winning the contest often provides contestants with a career boost, leading to better professional opportunities. Last year's winner was Greg McLenahan, the UK contestant, who also won in 1996.